Becoming a Student / Private Sessions

If you have developed a stable daily meditation practice, it’s possible to become a student at Mountain Cloud by taking the following steps.

Attend enough sits and events to feel clearly that Mountain Cloud is a community and place where you’d like to practice. (During the covid lockdown please attend our online events).

Attend two or three of our introduction to meditation classes and/or listen to these introductory podcasts recorded by Henry.

Attend at least two multi day retreats (5 days or longer each). During the covid-19 lockdown, attend at least four virtual retreats.

Read the Guidelines for Members and Students written by Henry.

Become a member of Mountain Cloud. Click here for details.

Read some of our recommended books:

  • Zen: the Authentic Gate, Yamada Koun
  • Three Pillars of Zen, Philip Kapleau
  • Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki
  • Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana

During lockdown Henry is not having any face to face meetings with students.  Once you have completed some of the suggested readings and classes, set up counseling session with Henry, as a way to begin receiving individual guidance, and getting to know him and he you. Email him directly at when you think it’s time to speak with him about potentially becoming a student. 


Henry offers private dokusan (interviews) for his students. Dokusan is offered during retreats, in person at Mountain Cloud, and online for remote students. During the covid lockdown, all dokusan is online. To schedule an interview, you need to be an official student of Henry’s. He offers 5-minute interview slots which you schedule yourself through an online scheduling system. Please contact our administrator to gain access to this online system if you are a student.


If you would like an extended discussion with Henry about your practice and spiritual journey, he is available for spiritual practice counseling. Sessions are typically 55 minutes long. These sessions are available to anyone, and can be done in person at the center, or via skype, zoom, FaceTime, Whatsapp and phone. There is a fee based on a flexible sliding scale; Henry wants to make these sessions affordable for all regardless of financial means. Contact Henry directly to schedule a counseling session at

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